The American Academy of Dermatologists wants to warn you about the danger of sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The AAD sets aside the first Monday of May as "Melanoma Monday," a day when dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings. The free screenings have detected more than 188,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 21,500 suspected melanomas, since 1985.
This year the organization is encouraging everyone to make sure to check their skin for signs of cancer and to protect it for the sun's ultraviolet rays.
To reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, the CDC recommends:
- Staying in the shade, especially during midday hours
- Wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs
- Wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
- Using sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection
- Avoiding indoor tanning
To see pictures of what the four types of skin cancers look like, click HERE.
Free skin cancer screenings are occurring Monday at the following locations.
Morton Plant Mease Hospital
Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion
Meeting Rooms A&B
455 Pinellas Street
Screening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For an appointment, call (727) 953-6877.
University Park Dermatology
8451 N. Shade Ave Suite 205
Screening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk-Ins welcomed, appointments requested.
Info: (941) 360-2477
Morsani Building, 6th Floor
13330 USF Laurel Drive
Screening hours: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Info: (813) 974-4744
If you are unable to make it to a free Melanoma Monday skin cancer screening event, members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery are offering skin cancer screenings throughout the year. You can search for a free screening near you in Florida at: asds.net/find_volunteer_results.aspx?state=FL&zip=